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U15 Footballers win county title, U21 Hurlers reach county semi final, and lots more!

An Bhlarna Abu!

U21 Hurlers Run Ends

 

Our U21 Hurlers were defeated in the semi final of the county in Cloughduv last night.

Earlier in the month, the lads won the Mid Cork defeating local neighbours Inniscarra and then Newcestown in the quarter final in a great come back.

Well done to all involved this year, no doubt the experience gained will count in 2016.

Click here for county semi final match report
Click here for county quarter final match report
Click here for Mid Cork Final match report

U15 Footballers Win County


Blarney U15 footballers made history defeating Aghinagh on the 5th of September last thanks to a fantastic comeback. 

Big congratulations to the players and all involved in what was a great day for the club.
Click here for match report

Royal Flush in 45

 
On 26th of August last, Helen Kirwan who is originally from Newcastle Blarney & now living in Bishopstown, got a hand all card players dream of in 45.
 
Helen has supported Blarney GAA since our very first 45 Card Drive which started in 1993.
 
45 Card Drive takes place every Wednesday night at our clubhouse at 9pm. All welcome.


All Ireland Medals 

 
Above Blarney Camogie club's Jennifer Murphy and Orla Cremen with selector St John Cremen who won the All Ireland under 14A Final with Cork in Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club in Dublin. 
 
Cork defeated Kilkenny in the semi final and Clare in the final.

Big congratulations to you & all in Blarney Camogie Club.
The Cork GAA Club draw is now open to join for 2015/2016 and there are some fantastic prizes every month to be won.
 
It costs €100 to enter for 12 months, with a draw taking place every month. At least €45 euro of your €100 entry goes directly back to Blarney GAA club.
 
10% of the profit made from the draw will go towards the €70 million redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
 
The remaining profit will be invested into grants and coaching of GAA around Cork.
 
 
You can enter online www.corkgaadraw.ie or representatives from our club will take your entry details in the near future. More details about signing up in person will be posted on our website in the coming weeks.
 
The first two Draws of 2015/’16 Series will take place at Páirc Uí Rinn on 30/10/15.


Hurling Parish Leagues


There was some great hurling on show in the annual Hurling Parish Leagues on the 19th and 26th of September last. 
 
This year the final was won by Connaught and the Donal Downey Memorial Trophy was presented to the winning captain Jerry Murphy. 
 
The Runners-Up prize, Brendan O'Donoghue Memorial Trophy, was awarded to Ulster Captain Daniel O'Leary. 
 
The 3rd Place final was a cracking match and ended as a draw. The Munster and Leinster captains Oscar Ahern and Joe Cronin will share the Sarah Buckley Memorial Trophy for the year. 
 
Well done to all the hurlers and managers who competed in the hurling parish league over the past two weeks. Well done to all involved in the running of this great event.

Darragh McSweeney - What the club means to me

"Blarney GAA Club has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember, I followed in my older brothers footsteps by lining out for Killowen/Castleowen in a parish leagues which were an extremely competitive affair at the time.  From there Saturday morning trainings with Kevin Murphy, PJ Sheehan and Pat Harrington proved to be a great stepping stone to an enjoyable underage career with Blarney, a definite highlight was the u14 county final success against Douglas after a reply. 

I feel I have been extremely fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to wear the Blarney jersey over the years, play with what I would consider legends of Blarney hurling like Ray Coleman and Brian Sheehan and have the opportunity to represent the club in Croke Park. The memory of our journey to Croke Park and the support will live forever. 
 
Recent developments like the club gym is indicative that the club is always looking to grow and improve, which makes being a member of Blarney GAA that bit special.
 
The club has definitely become like a second home to me. I've formed life long friendships, shared great victories and endured some heartbreaking losses along the way. I look forward to many more years representing the red and white."

Upcoming Fixtures...


There are only a handful of games outstanding for 2015. Please keep an eye on www.blarneygaa.ie for these fixtures.

Know Your Club


Question: When was the spectator embankment at pitch 1 developed and where did it come from?

Answer:
When the grounds for the pitch were acquired in the 1950’s, the entire field was completely flat. The grounds remained in this condition with no spectator facilities at all during the 1960’s.

In 1970 a new development of residential houses was underway in an area that was known then as “The Plots” (this was because the field had in previous years been divided into small plots of ground and leased out for the growing of vegetables). We of course now know it as Monacnappa.

The green field site at “The Plots” had a steep gradient at the time. In order for roadway’s and level sites to be laid out, a great amount of soil had to be excavated and disposed of. The Club negotiated with the contractor, outlining they had a very suitable close location for all of the excess soil. The agreement made was that the soil would be transported from Monacnappa to the GAA grounds and would then be graded to form a suitable spectator viewing area all round the pitch.  

The officers of the club had the vision to realise that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed and it was all done at no expense to the club.

So anybody from Monacnappa watching a match from the bank, you really are on home soil.

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